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Badgers set to open '09 against UW-Parkside



Fans can get their first look at the 2009 Wisconsin men's soccer team Monday, when the Badgers host UW-Parkside in a 4 p.m. exhibition contest at the McClimon Complex. The game will serve as the matinee of a doubleheader that also features the Wisconsin women's team's home-opener against UW-Milwaukee at 7 p.m.

Exhibition Game 1 | UW-Parkside (0-0) vs. Wisconsin (0-0)
Date: Monday, Aug. 24
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Madison, Wis.
Site: McClimon Memorial Track/Soccer Complex (4,500)
Admission: Free
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The Week Ahead
With just six days of training under its belt, the Wisconsin mens soccer team hits the field for the first time by hosting UW-Parkside in an exhibition match at the McClimon Complex. The game is the Badgers only preseason tune-up on their home field, as their remaining exhibition comes against No. 3 Akron on Aug. 29, as part of the National Soccer Festival in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Admission is free for the match, which begins at 4 p.m. and precedes the UW womens teams 7 p.m. matchup with UW-Milwaukee.

Online Coverage Expands
Fans unable to attend the Badgers matches in person can stay close to the action at home thanks to a pair of additions to online coverage of home games at UWBadgers.com. Live stats will continue to be offered for every home game in 2009, but fans can now enjoy a more in-depth presentation of the events on the field through GameTracker from CBS College Sports.

In addition, soccer fans can now follow along with the live, interactive in-game blogs that have become popular for a number of Badgers sports on UWBadgers.com.

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Previewing the Opponent: UW-Parkside
The Rangers, members of NCAA Division II, already have proved their ability to play up to the Division I level during the preseason with a strong showing against Northwestern on Thursday. Parkside battled the Wildcats to a 2-2 draw after extra time was added to the teams exhibition match, but the Rangers actually led, 2-1, at the end of regulation.

The Rangers also were the Badgers first exhibition opponent last season, with the teams battling to a scoreless stalemate at the McClimon Complex.

The Rangers come off an 8-6-3 season in 2008, including a 4-5-3 mark in Great Lakes Valley Conference play.

A member of the Wisconsin Soccer Association Hall of Fame, staff=9&path=msoc"> --> Rick Kilps enters his 26th season as head coach at Parkside, where he has amassed an impressive 343-122-36 (.720) record. In fact, Kilps' 2008 squad was his first to record to fewer than 11 wins in a season.

About the Series
Wisconsin owns a dominant 12-1-1 lead in the all-time series between the teams, who have not met in the regular season since 1990. Interestingly, Parkside was UWs first-ever opponent as a varsity program. The Badgers scored a 3-1 win over the Rangers in Kenosha, Wis., on Sept. 9, 1977.

Todds Take
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After their result with Northwestern, our guys are realizing that Parkside is a good program and has been for a long time. Any time you put the jersey on, you need to play as though that game counts.

The result is important, but our objectives are going to be a little bit different for this one in that we need to get different players in different spots. Were going to be a little heavy-legged after training so hard, but thats part of it, too, to push through this.

Parkside is at a little different place in their preseason because they started earlier than we did, but it will be nice to kick it around with someone else. Our guys are biting at the bit to play someone in a different jersey.

2009 Preseason Coverage

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  • Aug. 21 - sportid=122&storyid=18724"> --> Know a Newcomer: Ata Ozbay
  • Aug. 20 - sportid=122&storyid=18706"> --> What to Watch 4: Key Games
  • Aug. 19 - sportid=122&storyid=18679"> --> Practice Report #1 (with photos)sportid=122&storyid=18679"> -->
  • Aug. 19 - sportid=122&storyid=18676"> --> Q&A with Big Ten Network's Richard Broad
  • Aug. 18 - sportid=122&storyid=18668"> --> What to Watch 4: Key Players
  • Aug. 17 - sportid=122&storyid=18661"> --> Know a Newcomer: Kyle McCrudden
  • Aug. 16 - sportid=122&storyid=18656"> --> Coach Yeagley's Blog: Looking forward to fall

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